When Maremma meets Loacker
Yes, it is time for another Tenute Loacker wine review. Slowly Italian wineries release their new vintages, which always causes great excitement. Loacker has convinced me with a load of excellent Tuscan & South Tyrolean wines for many years. Only recently, I had the pleasure to try their newly released 2008 Granfalco. The wine is manufactured on their Valdifalco estate which lies in the Tuscan part of the Maremma.
The Maremma stretches from the Southern Tuscan Coast to Norther Lazio and is divided into three sub-zones: Maremma Livornese, Maremma Senese and Maremma Laziale. In the last century, viticulture has become, next to tourism, the most important branch of industry. Many major Italian labels have secured themselves a portion of land in the Maremma. Today the Maremma is home to some of Italy’s most well-known DOC and DOCG appellations including Sassicaia DOCG and Morellino di Scansano DOCG. The terrain of the Maremma is ideal for a large variety of red grapes including Sangiovese, Merlot, Primitivo, Syrah, Cabernet and Sauvignon. White wine is mostly produced from Vermentino Toscano grapes.
The Maremma is also famous for the Super Tuscan. I have already written an article about the history of the Super Tuscan if you want to learn more about the great Super Tuscans then I will simply redirect you to that post.
To protect the beautiful flora and fauna of the Maremma, the Natural Park of Maremma (Parco Naturale della Maremma) was founded on June 5th 1975. The park is south of Grosseto and has a surface of over 9800 hectares (2400 acres). It was the first of its kind in Tuscany. The Natural Park of Maremma has been awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas by the European Council.
Inside the park there are many tourist attractions like old Medieval and Renaissance towers that were used to protect against the invading Saracens. Furthermore, the ruins of San Rabano abbey, founded 1101, are worth seeing. During the 14th century, the abbey was transformed into a fortress. The Republic of Siena destroyed the citadel in 1438. Last but not least, one should stop by the coastline within the Natural Park of Maremma, which is simply breathtaking.
Don’t believe me? How dare you! But take a look!
Back to wine
The Maremma is also home to Tenute Loacker. Their newest estate, Valdifalco, is located in the province of Grosseto. Loacker cultivates 21 hectares of vine there and mostly grows Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, Primitivo and Cabernet-Sauvignon grapes. These are also the grapes used for Granfalco. Granfalco aged 18 months in small barrique barrels. The wine is closed with a glass vino-seal, which is more expensive than a regular cork but guarantees long aging potential and minimizes the amount of spoiled bottles (wine can’t cork).
In the glass, the wine had a purple color with violet hints. On the nose, there was a sensation of spices, blackcurrant, dark black cherry, raspberry and cocoa. Such a harmonious bouquet! In the glass, Granfalco had silky tannins. I tasted fruits and hints of dark chocolate. Very well-balanced! The wine was warm, very dry and full-bodied. Granfalco had a great structure and sophisticated, lingering finish. This wine was simply spectacular!
The 2008 Granfalco is even better than the 2004 vintage, which I have previously reviewed here at Vino in Love. Granfalco retails for 22.80€. An excellent quality-price ratio! If you want to “taste” a bit of Maremma, then Granfalco should be your first choice.
According to wine-searcher, the 2007 Granfalco is available in the US (I do not think that I ever tried the 2007 vintage for some reason).
Some time ago, I had the opportunity to taste Loacker’s newly released 2009 Lodolaya Syrah IGT Toscana, which I did not like that much. Therefore, I am even happier that the new 2008 Granfalco stood up to its promises!
Of course, the 2008 Granfalco is also listed in my current top 10 list.
What is your opinion on wine from the Maremma? Have you visited the Maremma?
I am heading to Verona for VinItaly now. I’ll be back next week with an article or two reporting from VinItaly – the world’s largest wine fair. Want to know more about VinItaly? Follow this link.This means, I won’t be able to read any of your blogs and that I won’t be able to reply to comments (I will read and reply to them once I’m back!)
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